Town of Mono's COVID-19 Message Centre

Ontario Government Declares an Emergency

This message from the Town of Mono was posted on 
January 19, 2021

Escalating COVID-19 case counts and hospitalizations, and fears for the spread of COVID variants have stimulated increased restrictive measures from the Ontario government. It is upsetting that a substantial minority of people are still not following orders and protective guidelines.

Central to the new orders are that we should all stay at home, only going out for necessities. Some exceptions include obtaining food, medical care, banking, attending some schooling, participating in outdoor exercises and doing work that cannot be performed remotely.

Retail stores are largely closed or allow only curbside pickup — usually pre ordered.  Stores and businesses which remain open and allow in person shopping include food, pharmacy,  beer wine and spirits.  Restaurants can open for take-out, drive-through and delivery only.

Outdoor exercise continues to be allowed and encouraged as an aid to mental health. Downhill ski slopes are closed but cross-country skiing and ice rinks are open. In Mono masks are required on our ice rinks which are open until 8:00 PM. Mono trails in parks are also open.

Face masks continue to be required for all indoor contacts and for outdoor contacts if physical distancing is not possible.

Police and Provincial Offence Officers are authorized to issue tickets for non-compliance.  Fines are $750.

Let’s all cooperate and get this pandemic under control.

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Stay Home and Stay Safe

The COVID-19 pandemic is an extraordinary event that requires the involvement of every member of the community to help combat it. The best action to take is to: 

Stay Home and Stay Safe

The advice comes with obvious challenges, including financial, education, social, mental health, and more. On this page includes some resources to help residents & businesses navigate these uncertain times. The resources on this page are meant to be a quick way to access trustworthy sources of information. Please follow this advice about limiting your time viewing potentially anxiety-provoking news:

It’s important to stay informed with facts from reputable sources, but it’s important not to overwhelm yourself with anxiety-provoking news. Set a limit to your media consumption if it is causing you increased anxiety and worry. For a great resource, check out the Coping with Stress infographic from the WHO (World Health Organization). - Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health Unit

Town Hall Status

As of January 4, 2021, Town Hall is open to the public by appointment only. Appointments can be made by contacting staff by phone or email. The MIC (Mono Internet Centre) can still be booked. All MIC bookings must be made in advance.

Before your appointment at Town Hall, you must check in before you come in by filling out the Town's online self-assessment form. You can access the form online by going to checkin.townofmono.com.

Province's COVID-19 Response Framework

The Province of Ontario has created five separate levels of response to be applied to regions based on the status of COVID-19. The five levels are

You can find what the level of response your area is on on the Province of Ontario's COVID-19 response framework page.

Provincewide Shutdown

As of Saturday, December 26, 2020 at 12:01 am, Ontario is in a provincewide shutdown. Our part of the province will remain shutdown to Saturday, January 23, 2021. As a result of the shutdown, the current COVID-19 Response Framework has been paused. The impacts of the shutdown measures will be evaluated and a determination will be made if it is safe to lift any of the shutdown restrictions or if they need to be extended.

Town of Mono Council Continues with Public Question Period

On March 31, 2020, Town of Mono held its first virtual council meeting. Council will continue to meet virtually for the health and safety of residents, staff, and council members. The meetings can be viewed live or after the meeting online. Public Question Period returned during the council meeting on April 14, 2020. You can submit a question to council by filling out an online form. Alernatively, you can register to join a virtual Council meeting. While Town Hall is still closed, joining a Council meeting is done over the internet.

Town of Mono - Declaration of Emergency & Services

The Town of Mono has Declared an Emergency in accordance with the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act on March 31, 2020. Appropriate safeguards are in place to ensure the continuation of critical services, including municipal drinking water and Town roads. The Town is continuing to provide services that can be done remotely during regular business hours. Staff are still available by phone and the Town continues to monitor its social media, email, and website submissions.

There Are No Fire Bans in Effect

While there are no fire bans in effect in Mono, there was a sign on the fire hall at Airport Road and Highway 9 about a fire ban. The sign was referencing the fire ban in Caledon, not Mono. Also, Mono is outside of Ontario's Fire Region and is not affected Fire Zone Restriction.

Playgrounds Reopen

Playgrounds in Mono are open as of July 21, 2020 after being closed since March 20, 2020. The park amentities and playground equipment are not sanitized. Reopening playgrounds is a part of the Government of Ontario's Framework for Reopening our Province: Stage 3.

Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health has recommended taking the following precautions when using playgrounds:

  • If the playground is busy, wait for other families to leave before using the playground or surfaces
  • Anyone using the playground should wash their hands before and after playing
  • Consider wearing masks and staying 2 metres away from those not in your social bubble

Dufferin County Services

While the County facilities are closed to the public, County staff are at full capacity with some working remotely and some on-site. View more information and see a list of changes to Dufferin County's services.

COVID-19 Information

What to Do If You Are Experiencing Symptoms

  • Use the Ontario government's self-assessment tool
  • Contact your primary care provider or Telehealth Ontario at 1-866-797-0000
  • If you are having difficulty breathing or experiencing other severe symptoms that are cause for an emergency, call 911 immediately.

Economic & Financial Support

Education

OPP

General Resources

Current Situation in Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph

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Current Situation in Canada

Social Media

Connect with reliable and trustworthy information outlets on social media to get the latest updates.

Twitter

For the best results, review each of the accounts to see what information is posted and what is most relevant to you. Did you know that you can sign up for notifications from specific Twitter accounts to go right to your computer or mobile device / smartwatch?

Facebook

You may need to adjust your notification settings to ensure posts from these pages will be shown in your news feed.

Press & Media

Members of the press and media can visit our press centre for press releases and media contacts.

We're Listening

The virus's impact on the community has been significant. We want to hear stories from the community (residents & businesses) about challenges you are facing, community members or businesses making a difference, and any helpful resources you have found. During these times, there tends to be ample negative or news that may cause concern. It is necessary to share these for informational purposes. If there are any positive stories, please do not hesitate to share to highlight the good news that may be overlooked.

Waterway Signing Survey

Please view the pictures & map below and use the intersections, roads, etc. for geographical context. There is a spot to fill in any alternative current, historical, or colloquial names of the rivers/streams/creeks/etc.

Personal information on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will be used for the purposes of collecting alternative names for waterways for potential inclusion in signage. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Clerk’s Office: ClerksOffice@townofmono.com, 347209 Mono Centre Road, Mono ON L9W 6S3, 519.941.3599.

Please fill out your contact your preferences: phone and/or email

Reference Map for All Waterways

29 Road Crossings Selected for Signage

Please provide a list of name corrections or alternatives in the fields. Please separate each name with a comma (,).

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10 Other Road Crossings Not Selected

Please provide a list of name corrections or alternatives in the fields. Please separate each name with a comma (,).

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Are there any of the above "10 Other Road Crossings Not Selected", that you feel should be selected for signage. Please reference the stream number from the previous section. Provide one waterway per line and include the reason why you feel the additional waterways should be signed.

From what resources did you obtain the information? Please let us know if there would be an opportunity for the Town to examine the resources. If you are listing multiple resources, please list one resource per line.

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An Informational Guide to Town of Mono's New Checkout Bag Bylaw

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Information for Residents

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer receive checkout bags from stores in Mono. You may only receive a bag if:

  • You are first asked whether you need a bag and you respond that you require one
  • The bag you receive is a paper bag
  • You must pay for the bag

Businesses must allow you to use any reusable bag that you may already have, including bags from competitors.

Woman receiving purchased products in reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still receive bags in situations when the bag is being used to do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also receive small paper bags at no charge for smaller purchases.

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

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Information for Businesses

On January 1, 2021, you should no longer provide checkout bags to customers. You may only supply a bag if:

  • You first ask customers whether they need a bag and they respond that they require one
  • The bag you provide to customers is a paper bag
  • Customers must pay for the bag. Businesses can set whatever price they feel is appropriate for these bags.

Customers should be allowed to use any reusable bag that they may already have, including bags from competitors.

Customer receiving purchases in a reusable bag

Are There Any Exceptions? 

You may still provide bags in the following situations if the bags do any of the following:

  • Package loose bulk items, such as fruit / vegetables, nuts, grains, or candy;
  • Package loose small hardware items such as nails and bolts;
  • Contain or wrap frozen foods, meat, poultry or fish;
  • Wrap flowers or potted plants;
  • Protect prepared foods or bakery goods that are not already packaged;
  • Contain prescription drugs received from a pharmacy;
  • Transport live fish;
  • Protect linens, bedding, or other similar large items that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Protect newspapers or other printed material that may be left outside;
  • Protect clothes after laundering or dry cleaning;
  • Protect tires that cannot easily fit in a reusable bag;
  • Collect and dispose of animal waste

You may also provide a small paper bag at no charge for small purchases.

Penalties

Contravening the new Plastic Bag Bylaw will result in a fine of $150. Any person who is charged with multiple or repeat offences under this Bylaw is liable to the following fines if found guilty under Part 3 of the Provincial Offences Act:

  • $500 for each day or part day that the offence continues, limited to $10,000
  • $500 for each offence in a case of multiple offences and the total of all fines for each included offence is limited to $10,000

For more information, view the Plastic Bag Bylaw.

We're Listening

We are interested to hear about what the switch away from plastic will mean for you at checkouts. What changes will you as a customer or a business need to take? What supports may be helpful? Let us know in the comments. We are ready for your feedback and we are listening.


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